Zedfactory's pod homes are built on city car parks
Zedfactory's pod homes are built on city car parks

UK architectural firm Zedfactory have conceptualised a new housing solution that sees pod homes built above existing car parks. The ZEDpod is described as an affordable starter home. Energy-efficient with nothing but air rights as a requirement, the ZEDpods cluster together to form a pop-up village that would appeal to young professionals.

By Jamie Matroos 3 hours ago

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Solar installation at 382 Jan Smuts will reduce energy footprint

Tower Property Fund's 382 Jan Smuts Avenue in Johannesburg recently received a solar PV installation which features a bank of 300 highly efficient solar panels on its roof. These panels will supply approximately 26% of the building's electricity requirements.

3 hours ago

Nano-architects design materials that can work together at very tiny scales, like these interlocking gears made of carbon tubes and benzene molecules. NASA
Molecular architects: how scientists design new materials

When Thomas Edison wanted a filament for his light bulb, he scoured the globe collecting thousands of candidates before settling on bamboo. (It was years before people were able to make tungsten work properly.) That's our traditional way of getting materials. We picked up stones for axes, chopped wood for housing and carved tools out of bone.

By Gregory McColm 1 day ago

Stick to the rules when renovating a sectional title unit
Stick to the rules when renovating a sectional title unit

An alteration to a sectional title unit is not permitted without the prior consent of the trustees of the body corporate and the local municipality, especially if the improvement involves structural changes, an extension of a section or an alteration to the external look of the building, or any major building work.

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Dutch designer creates flexible wood for furniture range
Dutch designer creates flexible wood for furniture range

Dutch designer Carolien Laro has created wooden furniture that is able to flex and bend under a person's weight. The Spring Wood collection is the result of Laro's experiments with traditional wood sawing and cutting slots into solid wood pieces. Her bendable wooden work recently featured at Milan Design Week 2016.

By Kate Walker 3 days ago

Finance leaders discuss robust global green finance mechanisms
Finance leaders discuss robust global green finance mechanisms

The Paulson Institute in America and the Green Finance Committee of China Society for Finance and Banking recently convened a half-day symposium of global finance leaders and experts to discuss recommendations for the development of robust global green finance mechanisms and markets.

3 days ago

Thatched cottages in the hotel surrounds
R75m refurbishment for Premier Hotel Sani Pass

Located in the Mkomazana Valley in the southern Drakensburg, Premier Hotel Sani Pass is due to undergo a full refurbishment that's estimated to conclude on 1 December 2016.

25 Apr 2016

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Transforming the city through design

No longer just comprising architects or qualified designers, the rise of trans-disciplinary companies or collectives, who design and engage with public spaces and buildings, will include a wide range of skills and experience, from artists to sociologists to finance experts.

25 Apr 2016

Decorex 2016 focuses on indigenous design
Decorex 2016 focuses on indigenous design

Decorex 2016 will this year celebrate the spirit of Africa with Trend Pods designed to mark the turning point in Africa's design identity.

22 Apr 2016

Thomas Chapman: Welcoming change in the "ugly" city
Thomas Chapman: Welcoming change in the "ugly" city

Founder of Local Studio, Thomas Chapman has directed his efforts towards social change through clever architecture in Johannesburg.

By Jamie Matroos 22 Apr 2016